6/25 THIS IS A TRANSLATION OF PRIMÄRTHERAPIE (HAPPY BIRTHDAY)
In the late 1960s, the American social worker Arthur Janov (* 1924) made – more or less randomly – a stunning observation by one of the psychiatric patients he was tending . Just the invitation, according to call to his parents, let him sink to the bottom, whining: “Suddenly, he was winding tormented on the floor, . His breath came quickly and fits:” Mama, Pappa! “It sounded in loud cries almost involuntarily from his mouth . He seemed in a coma or are hypnotic state. his winding went into small convulsions and, finally, he uttered a piercing, death-like scream. (…) The entire incident lasted only a few minutes. (…) All he could say afterwards was, “I’ve done it! I do not know what, but I can feel! “Janov, who could observe similar “primary” courses also in other patients was subsequently developing a therapeutic system – he called it Primal Therapy – with matching theoretical superstructure (for which he was taking very freely from the work of Wilhelm Reich and Sandor Ferenczi that already long ago had experimented with cathartic-induced “primary experiences”). His books advanced worldwide to unexpected bestsellers – probably more people have read the primal scream than any other book on psychotherapy –
Primary therapy was used to fashion therapy in the 1970s. John Lennon and Yoko Ono were the first generation of primary clients and accordingly made popular Janov’s work .
The theoretical basis of primal therapy is very similar to the doctrine of the early neuro-psychoanalysis. Freud began his work, considered the neurotics suffer primarily to repressed memories of traumatic experiences from his childhood (pain, anxiety, feelings of abandonment, etc.). These unprocessed experiences in the unconscious are still present and expressed in a variety of neurotic symptoms. Janov simplified and extended this concept to the assumption that early childhood trauma is not the only thing that influenced people, but also peri-trauma and prenatal kind; physical and psycho-biological impairments, between conception and the birth also influence the fetus. Janov believes that the fetus from the moment of conception through a kind of consciousness available will have in memory all the traumatic experiences ( the brain region in which this store has its seat is hypothesized).
The sooner such experiences would be the more drastic impact they have on the further development. Among the trauma of the fetus – from mild irritation to real injury – is next to a mother’s disease or drug use (cigarettes / alcohol / drugs) also such as the increasing of the adrenaline alkaloids, as they get into the blood circulation. through stress or anxiety .But primarily it deals with “psychological” trauma, due to conscious or unconscious rejection of the fetus from the mother, based on psychological-biological way of transfer. The non-satisfaction or frustration of primary needs, particularly the need for unconditional acceptance and love, let back a primal pain in the body of the child and distract the organism of its potential life to neurotic disorders and diseases. This primal pain should be remembered and once again going through, so that the cathartic discharge – the primal scream – open the way to “the true self”.